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Rev William Maxwell Blackburn
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Birth: Dec. 30, 1828
Carlisle
Sullivan County
Indiana, USA
Death: Dec. 29, 1898
Pierre
Hughes County
South Dakota, USA

Presbyterian Minister and College President

Educated at Hanover College (graduated 1850) and Princeton Theological Seminary (graduated 1854)

Son of Alexander Blackburn, (1805-1897) and Delilah (Polk) Blackburn( 1806-1874)

Held pastorates in Three Rivers , Michigan; Erie, Pennsylvania; Trenton, New Jersey; Chicago, Illinois; and Cincinnati, Ohio.

In 1868 he became professor of Biblical and Ecclesiastical history at what is now McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He remained there until 1881.

From 1884 to 1886, he was President of what is now the University of North Dakota.

He then became President of Pierre College at East Pierre, South Dakota, which lated moved to Huron, South Dakota and became Huron College.

He received an honorary D. D. from Princeton in 1870 and an LLD from Wooster University, now the College of Wooster.

Author of "Admiral Coligny and the rise of the Huguenots," Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1869, 2 vols.

Author of "The exiles of Madeira," Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1860 - 216 pages

Author of ''HISTORICAL SKETCH of NORTH AND SOUTH DAKOTA," 1893, . WITH EDITORIAL NOTES BY DR. DE LORME W. ROBINSON
AND AN APPRECIATION OF DR. BLACKBURN BY THOMAS LAWRENCE RIGGS.

On Aug 16, 1854, he married Elizabeth Powell in Buffalo, NY. They had four children: Alice (1857-), Catherine M. Blackburn(1860-1916), Mary E. Blackburn(1862-) and Charles Stanley Blackburn (1870-1946), a Presbyterian minister and missionary to Persia (Iran).

Their grandson, Dr. William Maxwell Blackburn (1899-1972) was a noted Professor of English at Duke University, where he taught such writers as Mac Hyman, William Styron Reynolds Price and Ann Tyler.


Their house in Pierre, SD, the Dr. William and Elizabeth Blackburn House, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.




 
 
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 Children:
  Charles Stanley Blackburn (1870 - 1946)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
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Created by: Martin Weybright
Record added: Dec 26, 2011
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Rev William Maxwell Blackburn
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Rev William Maxwell Blackburn
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 Added: Dec. 26, 2011
 
 
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